A U.K. woman received an unexpected windfall after she sought out a valuation for a “glass” ring that she bought over three decades ago.
Hoping that the ring would alleviate her mother’s recent financial losses, 55-year-old Debra Goddard was astonished to learn that the glass ring, which she thought was fake, was a real diamond—in fact, it was a 26.27-carat diamond.
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Goddard told The Sun: “When I went to the jeweler he nearly fainted and said, ‘Do you know what this is? It’s a diamond.’ I sat up all night looking at it, wondering what to do.”
Goddard then took the ring to auction house Sotheby’s, where it was valued at a whopping 740,000 pounds (US$935,733). It fetched her a cool 470,000 pounds (US$590,000) after costs.
“It turned out to be the nearest you can get to perfection. It was like when Del Boy would tell Rodney, ‘This time next year, we’ll be millionaires,'” she said.
Goddard had bought the glass ring at a boot sale some 33 years ago for just 10 pounds (US$12.64). The glass ring, which Goddard thought would be worth a few hundred quid, was then stashed away in a jewelry box.
When Debra took it to the jeweller, she said he 'almost fainted'.
“She bought a tarnished, silver, trinket box filled with, what she thought was, worthless costume jewellery that she let her children play with,” according to Austin Macauley.
Goddard’s mother, 72-year-old June Boyle, had fallen victim to fraud and theft within the family that saw her lose her life savings and her home. The money from the ring helped Goddard’s mother and also provided financial relief to Goddard and her family.
Following the windfall, Goddard spoiled her mother with presents, according to Ladbible.
“She’s had holidays in Barbados, seen Tom Jones, seen Celine Dion in Vegas and bought a fur coat,” Goddard said.
“It’s karma for the bad things that happened in our lives and my mom being robbed of everything,” she added.
Goddard, who lives in a council house in Twickenham, West London, works as a volunteer for a charity that helps runaway teenagers. Through the years, Goddard has fostered over 20 children.
She has written a book titled “Car Boot Diamond,” which mimics her real-life adventure of discovering the fake ring, as well as providing readers a glimpse into her tumultuous life that saw her family go through tremendous hardships.
“I volunteer with a runaway kids’ charity. If this book makes money, I want it to go to them and youth leaders,” Goddard said.
The diamond ring was a totally unexpected windfall, and it seems like a fairytale come true.
Despite finding a treasure worth a small fortune, this woman’s giving heart hasn’t changed.
Have you checked out your own home for hidden treasures? Don’t be too hasty to throw out those unwanted CDs or your vinyl record collection; they could turn out to be valuable. Even that old rocking chair that belonged to grandma that sits idle gathering dust in the attic could be a priceless antique. Don’t forget the comics you have saved for decades; it pays to check before discarding them. Remember also, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!